This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut. Colson Whitehead, Author Anchor Books $ (p) ISBN the city’s first black female Intuitionist elevator inspector, the woman immediately comes under . In a deftly plotted mystery and quest tale that’s also a teasing intellectual adventure, Whitehead traces the continuing education of Lila Mae.

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The Intuitionist

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. You expect the desk clerks to be called Velma and the character cast is made up of thugs, patsies, crooks and seekers of the truth. And was it supposed to be a literal portrayal – or a purely conceptual one? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Set up a giveaway.

It’s part noir-ish mystery, part speculative fiction. Quotes from The Intuitionist. In one sense it works.

But Lila Mae is never wrong. In the end, Lila Mae Watson has a new purpose–” It’s not the s, though. May 29, Sara rated it it was amazing.

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The Coldest Winter Ever: But intuitionixt main problem was with Lila Mae. Yes, this is one of those books where the setup sounds faintly ridiculous. The time is uncertain, but it seems to run concurrently with that of The Maltese Falcon or Farewell My lovely. I suppose what I mean is that the idea of the book is really a great one and Whitehead is at his best when he is describing the heady theories and schools of thought when it comes to elevator operation. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.


This is a book without equations and light on the diagrams. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. In nearly all of the book’s scenes the reader is given the briefest sketch of the surroundings and then buried under pages of back and forth dialogue–most of it exposition.

There are clues peppered here coolson there but the whole thing has a timeless, every city quality to it. The time period is somewhere in the past, maybe the 30’s or 40’s, when we saw the growth of cities and the rise of the industrial age. However, in this current time and place, the complexity of the structure, an allegory that I never really “got” and the flat affect of the central character all kept me at arm’s length when what I wanted, most, was to be immersed in a story.

This probably means I need to hte it to both get and appreciate it more fully. I know it sounds very odd, but it works. What a weird book! Enter Colson Whitehead’s the Intuitionist, a book that manages to make the entire problem seem both familiar and alien at cooson. I loved this book. It definitely piques my interest in the rest of the Whitehead cannon. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve The period is also vague–something I often like–but here, in combination with the other vaugenesses, it again feels like a crutch.


Can a house heal heartache? Thank you for your feedback. But what really makes this work go is how the novel does what all great genre books do: But nothing, not even a single description, is cliche.

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Allegory and all that. The dual and dueling, mirrored approaches to elevator inspection, Empiricism and Intuitionism. The story is one of mid-twentieth century type bigotry set in a Steampunk-like world where there are two battling philosophies on the nature and function of elevators, the Empiricists and the Intuitionists. His approach is perhaps particularly appropriate to the historical, political, and intellectual climate of the late 20th century, however.